Aug
09

Game 114: Cursed

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(Photo Credit: Flickr user notladj via Creative Commons license)

Rain? Check. My9 broadcast? Check. Nothing else to see here folks, that’s all you need to know. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B

A.J. Burnett, SP

Like I said, it’s a My9 broadcast. The game is supposed to start at 7pm ET and the tarp is not on the field, but it’s still kinda sorta drizzling in New York, so we’ll see how the night goes. Enjoy.

Injury News: Alex Rodriguez ran the bases for the first time since his knee surgery today, in addition to the usual work (batting practice, fielding grounders, etc.) … Pedro Feliciano threw 42 pitches off a mound today and is scheduled to throw batting practice on Friday … Damaso Marte threw 32 pitches off a mound … Ramiro Pena is getting back in the swing of things, swinging a bat today for the first time since having his appendectomy … Sergio Mitre is going to see Dr. James Andrew about a pinched nerve in his shoulder, and surgery is likely. That really sucks, I hope everything goes well.

Angels Rotation News: Remember when I said that Hisanori Takahashi was going to start for the Halos on Wednesday? That’s wrong. They’re calling up Double-A right-hander Garrett Richard to make the start, skipping him right over Triple-A. Throwing the kid right into the fire, eh?

Categories : Game Threads
  • FIPster Doofus

    What if it gets rained out? Doubleheader tomorrow?

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    I’m going with the reverse My9 Curse tonight. The rain came early and we will have baseball, and AJ pitches a great game tonight.

    One can hope.

  • jon

    Manager: good news kid, youre being promoted

    Garrett: wow thats great when is the bus to AAA?

    Manager: no the majors your plane to NYC leaves tomorrow

    Garrett: wait why NYC who am I facing?

    Manager: the yankees

    Garrett: uhhh shit

    • Chen Ming Wang

      **twenty minutes later**

      Garrett: **cough cough, sniffle sniffle** Skip, I think I’ve got the flu…are you sure I should be flying in this condition?

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Rain happens with every My9 game ever. Kinda ridiculous. Hopefully we get the Haren that serves up homers like it’s going out of style.

    • Urban

      Rain has seemingly been coming too much this season. This late afternoon storms makes me feel like I’m in the tropics, or Florida, or some place like that I don’t want to be.

    • KeithK

      Clearly it’s a curse from the baseball gods for chaning the natural order of things. Channel 9 is a Mets station. The Yankees should be on WPIX.

      (I know it’s been like a dozen years now since Ch 11 lost the Yankees. I don’t care.)

  • Chen Ming Wang

    Going to the game tomorrow with a girl I’m trying to “woo”, hopefully the whole “the yankees can’t hit a pitcher they’ve never seen before” doesn’t happen. Let’s win tonight first though…

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      But won’t the Nationals be in Chicago tomorrow?

      • Chen Ming Wang

        Dude, this is much more important than a National/Cub game, and you know it.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          True dat.

          • Chen Ming Wang

            First game of the season I’m attending, right in the short porch 16 rows from the field, really excited about getting to see Nova in person, would’ve loved to see Bart or CC though.

            • The Devil

              If your tickets say Row 16 on them they are really only 5 rows off the field because the sections in RF start at row 12.

              • Chen Ming Wang

                really? lol thank’s for that…I probably would’ve been really confused tomorrow.

  • Rainbow Connection

    I remember going back to 2000 (when I moved to NYC)…It seemed every local TV game was rained out or delayed. I’d have all my Friday night binge food ready and…rain.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I really hate to be a pessimist, but this has sweep all over it. Burnett will probably blow up in this game, the rookie tomorrow making his big league debut will out pitch Nova, and Tyler Chatwood, who they’ve never seen before, out pitches Big Bart and Big Bart blows up in the middle innings.

    • bonestock94

      This year’s Angels are nothing special

    • Chen Ming Wang

      Dude, this team is 22nd in the league in OBP…They aren’t going to sweep us. Are you sure you hate being a pessimist? The only game that’s going to be hard to win is tonight, but hopefully the good AJ shows up.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Oh god just shut up. i was just trying to put some perspective in it. so what if i’m wrong. i hope i’m wrong for pete’s sake.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Watch the Throne Reviews?

    Me? I love this album.

    Anyone else?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Haven’t heard it but a number of my friends said it’s good not great…..could have been better. You’re the 4th person I’ve seen that likes the album. Can’t wait to hear it for myself though.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’ve only heard that “Otis” song so far. Not a fan.

    • Esteban

      Listened like five times through already. Pretty good but nothing memorable. MBDTF was better.

      • Esteban

        But to be fair I’ve only listened with headphones so far. When I hear it with bass im sure it’ll be better.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Smh can’t stand my9 games

    • forensic

      You’d happily take it if you were forced to watch the Angels broadcast like some of us are.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        When you put it like that I guess it’s not that bad

      • http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff372/vjkowalski/Random%20Pics/ManBearPig2c.jpg ManBearPig

        Totally! They are obnoxious. Almost as bad as the White Sox guys who make Michael Kay seem like Walter Cronkite.

      • vin

        I live in Las Vegas, and MLB has decided that my city is home to 6 teams. SD, LAD, LAA, AZ, SF, and OAK. Blackouts galore.

        The Angels broadcast has consistently been the worst over the years. I’m just glad I don’t have to listen to Hudler anymore.

        • forensic

          I hear ya, I’m there too.

  • Pat D

    OMG!!! A Double-A pitcher they’ve never seen before?!?!

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      He’s going to toss a two-hit CGSO, you watch.

  • jon

    somewhere manbam is saying what the fuck

  • Jimmy McNulty

    What’s a stronger male name: Hannibal or Murdoch?

    • jon

      BA

  • Hall and Nokes

    WTF AJ THROW STRIKES!!!!!!!

    Just getting an early start….

    • Jimmy McNulty

      You may as well macro that.

    • CBean

      you freaked me out. I’m still at work and i hadn’t glanced at the clock so I started rushing over to mlb.com to find out the damage.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can’t wait to see what AJ looks like, beat writers made it sound like his new hair color is….interesting.

    • MannyGeee

      If hair color is the biggest AJ story tonight…. Well then color us fucked.

  • jon

    Russell Martin’s mustache is no longer the worst Yankees look of the year. A.J. Burnett has gone with totally blonde hair. It’s… a curious decision. Martin literally offered a no comment on the situation, but he did laugh a little when I brought it up.

    oh god i feel a perfect game coming up

    • Chen Ming Wang

      Haha I really think that AJ is the least likely pitcher in baseball to pitch a perfect game. He’s to god damn wild.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        AJ Burnett threw a no-hitter once………….with nine walks.

        • Chen Ming Wang

          I thought it was 8? But he does have unhittable stuff when he’s on, just not perfect game stuff

          OH MY GOD THE HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      If A.J throws a perfect game I will literally shit myself. And I am dead serious.

  • Winston Smith

    Rothschild has advised the following pitchers to be on high alert because they will be used in tonight’s ballgame- Ayala, Wade, Noesi, Logan. Might need all 4 of those guys just to get it to Soriano in the 7th.

  • Chen Ming Wang

    Paully and Kenny…One of my favorite booths…they make Micheal Kay bearable.

    • Winston Smith

      Good to hear Paulie’s voice. They need to dump Kay and make Kenny the voice of the Yankees. Give more games to Paulie, Leiter, and Coney.

      • Chen Ming Wang

        He was my favorite player as a kid, so I’m a little biased but your right it is very good to hear Paulie’s voice. Him and Cone every night would be the best booth ever.

        • Mykey

          The Warrior was without a doubt my favorite growing up. Wore his heart on his sleeve. Rep rep it.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      It’s better than Kay and Flarhety (sorry if i misspelled his name). Both of them are terrible together.

  • forensic

    California is running a drug-free commercial where a mother walks into and opens the shower while her teenage son is showering to ask if he knows what weed is.

    There’s just something very disturbing about that.

    • Mykey

      Well does he?

      • forensic

        All he says is he’s naked and she’s lame. I think that’s a yes…

        • Mykey

          It’s already too late for him.

    • Chen Ming Wang

      “Mom, this really isn’t the best time…I’m trying to have some “me time”

    • billbybob

      Trying to appeal to antidrug pedophile market…duh

  • Chip

    I love the new hair, he probably felt he had to go change something to get out of the slump

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Maybe he should change leagues.

      • Ethan

        Lol’d

    • Mykey

      Don’t girls do that? Like… high school girls?

      Whatever works for you AJ.

    • Cy Pettitte

      prepping for his post-baseball career in a backstreet boys tribute group.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Not gonna fall for this AJ.

    You look amazing the first 2 batters.

    I’m not gonna fall for it man!

  • CP

    Is it just me, or is AJ spending a lot of time adjusting his crotch?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      whatever it takes for him to pitch well.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Throw that changeup AJ!

  • MP

    What’s with the scout behind the plate holding the radar gun? Who exactly could he be scouting?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Radar gun guy.

    • Chip

      Could be an advance scout for the other team or even a cross checker for the Yankees. Most teams scout themselves these days to make sure they’re aren’t tipping pitches, ect

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        That definitely looks like a Yankees shirt he has on.

    • Cy Pettitte

      guy who relays the pitch and speed to the scoreboard?

    • Winston Smith

      ESPN will report that we are cheating and that A-Rod is somehow involved.

    • Ethan

      Hate when umps don’t have an accurate strike zone

  • Mykey

    I know he’s from Ohio, but there’s something about the way Paulie talks that he just sounds like a country boy. ie: “I think it ran out of rain, it was rainin’ so hard!”

    • Rainbow Connection

      Ohio IS the county.

      • Rainbow Connection

        Country. By that I mean redneck.

      • Mykey

        Well, it’s not what you think of when you think country. I love how he admitted a couple of weeks ago that he proposed to his wife on the phone.

  • Cy Pettitte

    big ass strike zone.

  • Winston Smith

    That’s off the plate. Awful ump, need to adjust.

  • Rainbow Connection

    AJ should be fine as long as they give him a nice lead…oh wait…nevermind.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking mashed. what a boss.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    The Grandyman!

    That was quick

  • Ethan

    Grandy MAN!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    That was a meatball. Grandy crushed it.

  • Winston Smith

    He’s really been our best player this season. Some guy in that Cano thread wanted to move him down to 7th! He’s our best player!

  • Chen Ming Wang

    Grandyman!!

  • Chen Ming Wang

    Random question, did anybody here used to post on the 161st-and-river message board? if so what happened to it?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    AJ Burnett with an ERA of 5.68 in the “shutdown” inning.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      *5.63. But either way…….

      • Monteroisdinero

        Lower now!

  • Dela G

    Love grandy

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    This umpire has a huuuuuge strikezone. Good news for AJ.

    • Chen Ming Wang

      Very good news…I’ve said it before, if the strike zone is the same for both teams, I don’t care how big/small it is…that 1-1 pitch looked really good though

    • Rainbow Connection

      Does*

      • Ethan

        why is this always at the bottom even when i refresh

        • Chen Ming Wang

          Ha, I thought it was just me…I’ve already started to ignore it. Btw, Haren looks awesome tonight, but so does AJ…

        • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Yes, it’s amazing. Probably the most amazing that’s ever happened in our time.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

            Weird, I pressed the reply button and it didn’t work…

            Hopefully it works this time

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Test. Are the commenting nesting?

              • YankeesJunkie

                This is a reply to Axisa’s question

              • The Devil

                Nest this!

              • Chip

                Nope

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Grandy for MVP?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Unpossible. He doesn’t have enough of teh RBI’s and he doesn’t hit over .300.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        what do you mean he doesn’t have *the RBI’s? He’s tied for second in the AL with 86. He’s tied with Tex and A-Hole has 92. Besides, Agon doesn’t have the homers or stolen bases or runs scored

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I can see him being in the top five.

    • Rainbow Connection

      Grandy or Gardy is fine with me.

    • Chen Ming Wang

      He’s probably gonna finish third…in the perfect world it should be

      1.Bautista
      2.Adrian
      3.Grandy

      but since Bautista doesn’t play for a contender and he’s up in Toronto Adrian is gonna win.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        I’m voting for Josh Hamilton, but only because I choose to ignore players who play in 150 games or more.

  • Monteroisdinero

    big strike zone for both sides tonight. Less walks should help AJ.

  • Champagne_whores

    Will aj give it right back?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Vernon Wells is making $23 million this year. mind = blown.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Jayson Werth has been a ripoff too.

    • Chen Ming Wang

      I wish I got payed that for being bad at my job.

      • Rainbow Connection

        AJ says hi.

        • Chen Ming Wang

          AJ is at least a 1-2 win pitcher over the course of a season…Wells is currently at .2 according to fangraphs…AJ is at 1.0

  • Carcillo

    Huge logic problem with what Kay is saying – one game is so much different than a best-of-7 series.

    • Carcillo

      Not that it’s reason to fret about the Red Sox – it’s just apples to oranges.

  • jon

    i missed AJs hair

    anyone have a picture?

    • Chen Ming Wang

      just continue watching the game, it’s a humid night so he’ll be sweating and taking the hat off to wipe it away.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Swish covering ground….

  • Chen Ming Wang

    laser beam by izturus there…

  • Champagne_whores

    I hate aj meatball crushed down the line

    • Chip

      Better than aj meatball crushed over the fence

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    AJ escapes that frame unscathed, surprisingly.

  • Chen Ming Wang

    Francona or Sciosca easily…because not only are they smart baseball guys, they usually have good teams to back them up.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’m really tired of the “Scioscia is a good manager” myth.

      • Carcillo

        The 2002 postseason has ensured it will never go away, for better or for worse.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        If Eric Wedge swapped teams with Charlie Manuel then BOOM, “great” manager.

  • Champagne_whores

    Wow no girardi in the poll on my9 big diss

    • Ethan

      It was what manager do you respect AGAINST the Yanks

    • Chen Ming Wang

      I think they said “against the yankees”

    • Champagne_whores

      Dammed too much beer

  • Chen Ming Wang

    Robbie…I love ya, I really do…but that ball started mid-shin.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    I love Eric Chavez. Except for the fact that he’s blocking Jesus.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    The Zombie fears no man.

  • karel capek

    Tino Martinez needs to be in every commercial for every product. A phenomenal actor and salesman. An officer and a gentleman.

    Singleton and O’Neil are good. But Paul lacks Cone’s good* looks.

    *Buster Keaton

    • Cy Pettitte

      my new favorite part of every game thread is looking fo the Buster Keaton comment from karel capek.

      • Mykey

        You always know it’s coming. Just not sure when.

  • Champagne_whores

    Yea a productive DH.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Regarding Ryan’s point, baseball’s a bit different than football. The Yankees and Red Sox play about a tenth of their season’s games against each other. Maybe it’s that the Red Sox match up really well against the Yankees’ staff this year, they’ve made some new additions and Jacoby Ellsbury may as well be a brand new player. While it’s definitely possible to have a bad record against a team during the season and get beaten by them in the playoffs, there’s an 18 game sample size (which isn’t negligible) and the Red Sox have seen the Yankees’ best and the Yankees have seen the Red Sox’s best.

    A lot of people point to the 2007 season where the Yankees were 6-0 against the Indians, but got beaten in the playoffs. Big difference, the Yankees have already played the Red Sox twice as much as they played the Indians in 2007, and IIRC in 2007 the Yankees didn’t get Carmona and Sabathia in the regular season, and when they played the Tribe the Indians were a bit banged up. There’s different circumstances surrounding the two seasons. I think Boston’s the better team on paper now, and I don’t really think it’s all that arguable. If you look at bRS and bRA, the Sox have the better run differential.

    It’s not a reason to panic or cancel the ALCS, but there definitely is some cause for concern there. You can’t just get dominated by a team over the course of 18 games (assuming this trend continues) of the regular season and then face them in a 7 game series in the playoffs and go in expecting to win, or not at all concerned about losing.

    • Carcillo

      So, basically, it’s apples to oranges.

      I’m actually that point got articulated beyond my shallow labeling of it.

    • Carcillo

      I will re-iterate something I mentioned on Saturday – this Red Sox team is better than their previous two teams, though I don’t think it’s all that huge a difference, compared to what the perception may be.

      In ’09, they went 95-67. In ’10, they went 89-73 and that was after being blitzed by injuries.

      This year’s team will win anywhere between 95-100 games, I would imagine.

      The ’11 Yankees are marginally worse than they were in ’09, and probably equal, if not slightly better, than they were in ’10. They too will win probably between 94-98 games.

      I just don’t understand how the matchup between the two has gotten so much worse, at least right now. This isn’t 2009, where the Yankees lost tons of close games and got bent over with bad luck. The Red Sox run diff. is something like +29 in the 12 games this year. Many of these games haven’t been close. It took only 12 games for Boston to clinch the season series. It’s definitely concerning, though there’s always still a chance to turn things around in the games remaining to be played.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, I’d agree with that. Adrian Gonzalez is a big upgrade, Jacoby Ellsbury may as well be a completely different player, and Josh Beckett is going through a renaissance. They lost Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre from 2010 and not a whole whole lot from the 2009 squad, they’re a beastly team. The Yankees can take them, but I’m not sure how likely that is. If the Yankees had a well defined 2 starter I’d say that they’re the better team regardless of the H2H record, but if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.

  • Ethan

    Ugh mlb.tv needs different commercials! I am so sick of that damn AT&T and Volvo commercials

    • Ethan

      those*

  • Winston Smith

    AJ looking good. Any bets on when his implosion will occur?

    • Ethan

      Don’t jinx it!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice grab by Tex!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

    Use the reply button people.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Kay jimp’d after Teixiera’s play.

  • http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff372/vjkowalski/Random%20Pics/ManBearPig2c.jpg ManBearPig

    What is the explanation for why the Angels keep running Mathis out there? Especially when they have Conger mashing in AAA.

    Soscia’s illegitimate son?

  • Mykey

    Good AJ?

  • YankeesJunkie

    AJ doing what he is supposed to do against a weaker offense.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    I just actually made an account…Interesting set up.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I enjoy your posts, but your suppose start for my fantasy team in ten minutes so get the fuck off the internet!

      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        I feel bad for your fantasy team

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I wonder where Matt is? LOL

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nice snap throw Mathis.

  • forensic

    I think this thread is cursed…

    • Chen Meng Wang

      or broken cause now new things are at the bottom…anyone around who can fix this?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I think that they’re being too critical of Nunez there.

    You can’t set up the defense assuming that the pitcher can get the ball and get it to third in time to nail the runner. 9/10 they won’t have a play at the lead runner, so I think it makes more sense to have Nunez in in case the bunt goes up the line.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Isn’t it the SS job to cover third if the third baseman is coming in to field a bunt? (formerly Chen Ming Wang btw, I’m an idiot with a keyboard sometimes.)

  • IRF

    Jeff Mathis is an incredible baseball player

  • Monteroisdinero

    Love Noony on the bases.

  • Karl Krawfid

    The fuck is he doing.

  • Winston Smith

    Bunted ourselves right out of a walk.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Fucking bunts!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Brett Gardner could hit 20 homers easily if he wanted to. He just prefers bunting fastballs at his eyes

    /Valentine’d

  • YankeesJunkie

    Does Gardner just love to throw his bat into the stands.

  • Chris

    Montero just hit a 2 run bomb! Call him up!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Stop ruining DotF for me.

      Jerk… :(

  • teddy

    stupid baseball by the yanks

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nunez to steal 3rd!

  • TheLastClown

    Hey kids, just got in.

    Nice to see AJ hasn’t given up anything!

    If someone would be kind enough to give me the quick & dirty on his performance and that run, it’d be much appreciated.